Athena SWAN Seminar Series

Athena SWAN Seminar Series

Swansea University Medical School was the first department within the University to achieve an Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter Silver award.

The Athena SWAN Seminar Series aims to provide opportunities for all academic, professional and support staff and students at the Medical School to network informally whilst hearing from inspirational speakers and learning more about University perks, policies and procedures.

Sessions run monthly on a Wednesday afternoon in ILS1 with a varied programme of workshops and guest lectures covering areas relating to career progression (e.g. promotions, mentoring, CV workshops), University policies (e.g. flexible working & family friendly policies) and work-life skills (e.g. assertiveness, confidence building, life coaching).

All staff and students are welcome, regardless of grade or position.

2018 Seminar Series

Live Big - Leadership Workshop

Wednesday 27th June 2018

10am - 3pm

The Hub, Institute of Life Science 2

Lunch Provided


Guest Speaker: Stuart Baldwin


A training seminar with the highly acclaimed leadership coach Stuart Baldwin with a “Live BIG” approach to leadership. EMPOWERING LEADERS TO BE GREAT, DO MORE, LOVE WORK AND REALISE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL… THEN TEACH OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. 



International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT) 

Wednesday 16th May 2018


Kier Hardi 230

Lunch provided


Guest Speaker: Kit Heyam


International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT) is the largest LGBT+ solidarity event in the world, marking the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.  To mark this important date, we are pleased to present training by Kit Heyam on trans inclusion in the workplace.  

This training will explore:

  • The basics of trans identities 
  • Sex and gender
  • Common terminology
  • Intersectionality 
  • Supporting trans students and staff
  • How to show your trans inclusivity

Q&A session (Attendees can submit anonymous questions in advance, if there are any questions they would like answered but are too nervous to ask in person)


Our university silver action plan has an ambitious action to increase uptake of trans awareness training by 50% , and it is important that all USAT and ASSG members role model this by completing the training themselves - therefore I encourage you to make every effort to attend this training. I would be grateful if you could share this email with your college/department SATs where relevant, and encourage them to attend as well.


Spring Family Day (free entry, all welcome)


Saturday 21st April


Singleton Park Campus

Athena SWAN organises a family fun day on University campus with a range of family-friendly activities for all ages across Park Campus, including:

Street food
Bouncy castle
Face painters
Street performers
Live music
Egypt centre activities

...And lots more!

Hope to see lots of you and your families there!



International Women's Day

Wednesday 7th March 2018


Seminar Room 1, Institute of Life Science

Lunch provided


Guest Speaker: Professor Sara Mole

Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, ICH Genetics & Genomic Medicine Programme, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Professor Mole is interested in disease caused by genetic changes and how study of these mutations and their effects can reveal important and complex aspects of cell biology that may otherwise be beyond current appreciation. Her group makes use of model systems.

Professor Mole talks about her research strategy past and present and as part of her role as UCL Provost’s Envoy for Gender Equality reflect on gender related challenges in STEMM and highlight her Department’s recent Athena SWAN Gold award.